FCA/Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers is looking for a Project Coordinator for project management and technical expertise under/as part of the ID-PEACE project during February 2022-July 2023 in Mozambique.
Background info on FCA
Finn Church Aid (FCA) is the largest Finnish international aid organization. We operate in 13 countries, where the needs are most dire. We work with the poorest people, regardless of their religious beliefs, ethnic background or political convictions.
Our work is based on rights, which means that our operations are guided by equality, non-discrimination and responsibility.
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Background info on FCA CO requesting the services
The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers (the Network) was founded in 2013 as a concrete response to the growing awareness among peace mediation organization and the United Nations, that religious and traditional actors are vital, but underutilized, actors in peacemaking processes. Since its founding, the Network has grown into a community of peacemakers ranging from grassroots religious and traditional actors to international NGOs, think tanks, and academic institutions. The Network strengthens peacemaking through collaboratively supporting the positive role of religious and traditional actors in peacebuilding processes and through connecting them to national and international peace builders. Since its founding, the Network Secretariat has been hosted by Finn Church Aid (FCA), Finland’s largest development agency and provider of humanitarian aid while the steering body of the Network, the Core Group, consist of variety of actors from UN Agencies to Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Religions for Peace and KAICIID Dialogue Center.
The Network will be implementing project ID-PEACE (Interreligious Dialogue for Peace and Social Cohesion in Mozambique) along with MASC Foundation as the lead implementing organization, funded by the US DRL. The project will contribute to reducing inter- and intra- communal tensions and related religious freedom abuses by strengthening social cohesion and religious tolerance in northern Mozambique. It will focus on building the capacity of local community leaders and civil society actors to promote active dialogue and engagement with local authorities, the project will guarantee effective local ownership, leading to sustainability and ultimately to improved development outcomes. The project will be implemented for a duration of 24 months in Northern Mozambique with a focus on the districts of Chiure (Cabo Delgado), Memba (Nampula) and Sanga (Niassa).
The purpose of the assignment is the overall management and provision of technical expertise for the above-mentioned project. The Project Coordinator ensures that the relevant legal, donor and internal requirements related to the grant are met and coordinates relations and activities of the partners and stakeholders in the project, contributing to the successful implementation and achievement of project results.
Scope of work
The consultant will be expected to undertake the following tasks:
- Act as the operational focal point and point of contact for the status/progress of the project between the Network and MASC Foundation;
- To manage the overall implementation of Network activities, and coordinate the planning, monitoring and reporting (internal and external) of project activities;
- Provide technical and thematic support to the project and partners on peacebuilding and interreligious dialogue;
- Prepare work plans and produce timely reports – financial and progress reports – as required by FCA and donor reporting systems;
- Prepare and update project procurement plan and overseeing procurement processes;
- Ensure that project budget is followed and prepare budget changes if required;
- Request for budget advances for activity implementation and ensure settlement according to FCA procedures;
- Review the project monthly/quarterly and donor financial reports compiled by the Finance Officer;
- Manage relationships and coordinate the work with MASC Foundation through regular meetings and follow-ups;
- Ensure communication and cooperation between project partners and other stakeholders of the project;
- Ensure that all project plans, objectives, policies, procedures, and processes are followed;
- Manage the activities led by FCA/Network in the project, such as selection of beneficiaries, trainings and capacity building, cross-regional learning and awareness;
- Manage the overall communication and submission of reports to MASC Foundation;
- Works with TIPS project staff in Mozambique to represent the Network in all relevant project stakeholder meetings and other meetings and events related to the mandate of the Network and the project;
- Promote identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned for organizational sharing and learning;
- Support in fundraising and development and writing of project proposals.
Duration of contract
- Duration of this contract is 18 months (February 2022-July 2023) with 50% effectiveness per month.
- The consultant will be based in Maputo, Mozambique, working from the MASC Foundation office.
Transport & Logistics
Field transport and accommodation arrangements, focal points and other contact points on the field and other logistical arrangements concerning the consultant will be provided by the Network/MASC Foundation through the project funds.
- The consultant will strictly follow the work plan and the time schedule agreed with FCA during the planning phase;
- The consultant will report to the Regional Programme Manager – Africa;
- The position includes immediate results and ability to meet targets;
- This position includes travel to conflict zones. Possibly also to conflict-torn locations;
- Project work includes pressing deadlines that can cause stress;
- Availability to work exceptional /unpredictable hours;
- Working in a location where there is no FCA infrastructure and under remote supervision;
- Very proactive interaction in hugely multicultural and global environment;
- Close coordination and communication with hosting partner MASC Foundation;
- Contribute to the global work of the Network Secretariat;
- Frequent communication with the project partners on overall management of the project;
- Liaise with HO FICT, and NETWS on project administration and finances;
- Communicate directly with the participants and speakers of the events;
- Communication with project donor, national and local authorities
- The total indicative budget for this assignment is EUR 33,000;
- This is the maximum amount available and the awarded amount will be dependent on the skills and experience of the selected candidate;
- Bids exceeding this amount will not be eligible for evaluation;
- Applicants’ proposals must include a detailed and competitive budget inclusive of all fees, costs and taxes;
- Consultant(s) are responsible for managing their own tax contributions. The proposed budget and its detailed break-down withou;
- VAT is to be presented in Euros in the financial proposal.
Required Expertise and Qualification
- Master Degree in peace and conflict studies, development studies, law, human rights or similar;
- At least 5 years related professional experience on peacebuilding/conflict transformation and/or interreligious dialogue;
- Proven strong project management skills;
- Experience in procurement and financial management of projects;
- Previous experience in USAID project management preferred;
- Strong knowledge of the Mozambican context and culture;
- Strong understanding of root causes of conflicts in Mozambique and existing conflict transformation and peacebuilding programs and mechanisms;
- Good understanding of the governance structures and existing networks with national and provincial level authorities and key civil society and community actors;
- Experience in developing and implementing consortium projects;
- Proven problem solving skills and strategic planning capability with creativity;
- Previous experience in capacity building/training of individuals and/or organizations;
- Fluency in oral and written English and Portuguese;
- Excellent communication and inter-personal skills;
- Sound organizational skills and initiative to proactively manage work;
- Ability to meet deadlines under pressure;
- Ability to work remotely and with a diverse team across the globe.
Contract Award Criteria
- The offers will be evaluated according to the contract award criteria below:
Description – Weight – methodology
- 1 Interview (oral and online) – 60% – Relevant experience, expertise, qualifications, flexibility, suitability for the position will be assessed during the panel interview;
- 2 Cover letter – 20% – Understanding of the purpose, context and subject matter of the assignment; Responsiveness to the ToR; Concretization of the strategy for tasks identified in the ToR;
- 3 Financial score – 20% – Lowest bid receives highest score. Other candidates’ scores are calculated proportionally based on the lowest bid.
- Deadline for submission of offers is 17:00 EAT on 9th January, 2022;
- Candidates must send their offers via email to email@example.com no later the deadline as mentioned above. Any tenders received after the deadline will not be considered.
- Interested bidders should write to the email above to receive the complete tender dossier.
- Candidates must put Project Coordinator Consultant – Mozambique in the subject line of their emails.
- Candidates are not allowed to approach the Contracting Authority for verbal clarification;
- Any prospective candidate seeking to arrange individual meetings with either the Contracting Authority and/or any other organization with which the Contracting Authority is associated or linked may be excluded from the tender procedure;
- Candidates may submit questions in writing via email to the address above latest three days before the deadline.